Michael A. Scaperlanda
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Director of the Law Center
Gene and Elaine Edwards Family Chair in Law
Professor of Law
B.A., University of Texas, 1981
J.D., University of Texas, 1984
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- Scholarship: For information about Professor Scaperlanda's scholarship, view his Selected Works page.
After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law with High Honors in 1984, Professor Scaperlanda spent one year clerking for the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court and four years practicing law in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas. Since joining the University of Oklahoma College of Law faculty in 1989, he has served as Special Assistant to University President, Faculty Fellow in the Norman Campus Provost's office, Associate Dean for Research, and as Chair of numerous committees including the University's Campus Tenure Committee, the College's elected executive committee, the College's Appointments Committee, the Law Library Director Search Committee, and the College's Self-Study Committee. Additionally, he has twice coordinated the University's self-study process, leading the University through continuing accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
In recognition of his scholarly accomplishments, Professor Scaperlanda was named the Gene and Elaine Edwards Family Chair in Law in 2000. His latest book, published in 2009 by the Federal Judicial Center, is Immigration Law: A Primer. Earlier books include Recovering Self-Evident Truths: Catholic Perspectives on American Law, co-edited by OU law graduate, Professor Teresa Collett. Scaperlanda's articles have appeared in a number of journals, including the Connecticut Law Review, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review, the Stanford Law and Policy Review, the Texas Review of Law and Politics, and the Wisconsin Law Review.
Professor Scaperlanda's current public service commitments include serving as a member of the Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, as a member of the St. Gregory's University Board of Directors (where he serves on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Board's Development Committee), and as a Scholar Participant in the Hispanic Cultural Institute of Oklahoma City and Norman. He has also served as chair of the Association of American Law School's Immigration Law Section, as chair of the Law Teacher's Section of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association, and as a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association's Legal Ethics Committee.
At OU, Professor Scaperlanda teaches Constitutional Law, Immigration Law, a Jurisprudence seminar, and Professional Responsibility.